"Thinking back on it, this evening, with my heart and my stomach all like jelly, I have concluded, maybe that's what life is about: there is a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same... an always within never." Muriel Barberry, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I've been reading Tolystoy and The Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch. When Nina's sister died after a short bout with cancer, Nina struggled to make sense of her place in the world again. So she decided to take a year off and read a book a day. She also wrote a review about each book and what the book had to say about life and how to live it.
She picked books from all genres from mystery to classics to vampire lore. And she takes a piece from each book to help her heal, to recover, to connect to who she is at her truest self.
Words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly "The Unquiet Grave."
I'm hung up on those words- that literature becomes an escape into living, not from it.
And so for the writer, is it possible to write your way into living as well? I'd like to think so... I highly recommend the book for an entertaining as well as enlightening read.
I'm leaving on a short excursion for a couple of days. I am going to see something I have never seen before... and I'll be back to share all about it.
As if that weren't enough excitement for my week, I have been told "something" else in the way of a surprise is due to be revealed on Thursday! For any local people, you all will get to see Thursday before I will, but I'll be sure to post about it as soon as I get back!
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